The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings

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While the genesis of the Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) is in the healthcare setting, the theory and practice of child life have been successfully applied to environments outside of the healthcare field. The interest and pursuit of child life roles in non-healthcare settings have increasingly become of interest to students and professionals; however, further study is required to understand the various challenges and opportunities.

The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings serves as an innovative guide for those interested in pursuing child life in diverse settings with the education and credentials received through their child life certification and addresses issues the field currently faces related to saturation of the field, burn out, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The book also serves as a catalyst to push the profession as a whole beyond its current healthcare boundaries. Covering topics such as grief, addiction, disaster relief, and family well-being, this major reference work is ideal for psychologists, medical professionals, nurses, policymakers, government officials, researchers, scholars, academicians, practitioners, instructors, and students.

I’m honored to have contributed to Chapter 16 of this book, which covers private practice. My co-author, Dr. Korie Leigh, and I put our heart and soul into this.

Many seasoned child life specialists begin to think about expanding their role to serve different pediatric populations and/or settings. This chapter will focus on child life specialists building and sustaining a private practice within the community. Topics will include the need for service, executing a business plan, building community partnerships, and staying within the ethical and professional boundaries of a Certified Child Life Specialist. Additionally, case studies that describe assessments, preparation, developmental explanations, interventions, expressive arts, and play are included. Examples of business documents to help guide child life specialists interested in starting a private practice within their community are also included.

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Mom Writes Children’s Picture Book to Help Kids Cope with Anxiety

Guest Post on Anxious Ellie

As people across the country practice mindfulness in light of Coronavirus fears, one Charlotte mom wants kids to know that it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious sometimes. Danielle Price has released Anxious Ellie, a children’s book published by Charlotte-based Warren Publishing.

Anxious Ellie is a sweet story that helps children understand that, even though you feel afraid, you never have to feel alone. Complete with delightful illustrations by Nana Gonzales, this twenty-two-page book, available in both hard and softcover formats, normalizes anxiety and promotes mental health for young readers.

Price wrote Anxious Ellie to encapsulate her own childhood experience. “Growing up, I was terrified of dogs,” she says. “I really wanted to love them, but I just couldn’t. I felt isolated from certain places, like parks or friends’ homes, because my anxiety would prevent me from going there.”

“While it may not be dogs or mud puddles, children can experience anxiety in many forms,” Price continued. Her goal for Anxious Ellie is that the book will help children navigate through anxious situations. She wants kids to know that, no matter what anxieties they may face, every person has a unique gift to offer the world and nobody is alone.

From the back cover: Ellie the elephant loves to draw pictures, host tea parties, and nibble on delicious, buttery biscuits. What she does not love, however, is mud. In fact, the mere thought of mud gives her nightmares! Poor Ellie feels left out when all the other elephants go outside to play in the mud puddle. Sometimes, she feels so mad and so sad, it makes her cry. Thankfully, with the help of a good friend––and some yummy, buttery biscuits––Ellie learns that everybody gets scared sometimes, but nobody ever has to be alone.

Anxious Ellie is available at Warren Publishing, Amazon, or ask for it wherever books are sold.

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